Alfacam gained valuable experience in the production of different types of international HD feeds for a major sporting festival in 2008, when the company provided a fleet of OBVs to Beijing. Using mostly Lawo mc²66 consoles, the Alfacam team praised their reliability, flexibility and ease of use—important qualities in the high-pressure broadcast environment.
This February, the Alfacam OBs are in Vancouver and Whistler, working for the host broadcaster. In the larger vans, which are staffed by up to 22 people, the console control surfaces have 48 faders and 144 DSP channels, with 1200x1200 crosspoint routing. These vehicles are providing coverage of Nordic cross-country skiing, Nordic biathlon, Nordic ski-jumping in Whistler, and the snowboarding and freestyle skiing (moguls) events at Cypress Mountain.
The medium-sized vans feature 32 fader consoles, with 96 channels of DSP and 800x800 routing. They will also be sent to the Nordic cross-country and biathlon events, and to Whistler’s Celebration Plaza where the medal ceremonies will be staged. In addition to those vehicles officially assigned to a location, there is one spare OBV that can be deployed anywhere, according to requirements.
“The Winter Games specification called for digital 5.1 mixers,” explains Jean-Philippe Ovaert from Alfacam. “We’ve had a very satisfying experience with Lawo in Beijing and on other projects, and we’ve found that their consoles have become a reference for a lot of European production teams. The Lawo stageboxes are ideal for covering the long distances involved in this kind of event, and the design offers a very easy expansion path, such as the addition of extra DALLIS frames to distribute lots of signals to TOC.”
1/3 of the Alfacam OB fleet is equipped with Lawo mc²66 consoles. Advance preparations for the Games included the upgrade of all units to the latest software and complete testing before they were shipped to Canada.
Lawo is a manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound. Established in the 1970s, the company’s manufacturing center is located in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information on all Lawo products, visit the company online at www.lawo.ca.
Photo info: Image of Alfacam OB33 audio control room with a Lawo mc²66.